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  • Old Bridge Inn, Aviemore
    Old Bridge Inn, Aviemore
  • The Sutor Creek Cafe at Cromarty
    The Sutor Creek Cafe at Cromarty
  • The Cross, Kingussie
    The Cross, Kingussie
  • Lunch at the Kitchen, Inverness
    Lunch at the Kitchen, Inverness
  • Three Chimneys Restaurant, Skye
    Three Chimneys Restaurant, Skye

After a day exploring the Highlands' many attractions, indulge in a real foodie experience by enjoying the unique and mouth-watering flavours in the region’s excellent eateries. From idyllic rural restaurants and country house hotels, there are plenty opportunities to enjoy the regional flavours. Wherever you are in the Highlands, don’t miss out on the fantastic range of produce on offer.

From hotels and restaurants with award-winning chefs to traditional country inns, cafés and tearooms, you are sure to find outstanding menus on offer in the Highlands, all using quality local produce.

Experience memorable meals in stunning locations overlooking the sea, by the lochside or with mountain views, or why not take a break in one of the art cafés that offer a great choice of teas, coffees and homebaking? You can also enjoy an evening in a traditional pub or inn and sit by a cosy fire while relaxing with live music, local conversation and a dram or beer.

During your Highland break, enjoy a culinary experience you’ll never forget on the Isle of Skye at the Michelin-starred Three Chimneys restaurant. Dine in the 100-year-old crofting cottage and soak up the intimate atmosphere as you savour delicious Skye produce, cooked with flair and expertise.

Another Skye favourite and Michelin-star holder is Kinloch Lodge, at Sleat, which offers exceptional fine dining with a distinctly traditional Scottish twist. Two other fine restaurants in the Highlands have also been honoured with the coveted award, namely Boath House at Auldearn, Nairn, and The Albannach at Lochinver in Sutherland, Britain’s most northerly Michelin-starred restaurant.

The award-winning Applecross Inn focuses on fresh seafood with much of it fished from the bay. On any given day you could be feasting on prawns, lobster, crab, scallops, mussels or oysters. Meanwhile, the remote Old Forge Inn at Inverie on the Knoydart peninsula is praised for its seafood, venison and real ales.

Further north in Lochinver, dine in the Chez Rouz Restuarant at the Inver Lodge Hotel. The menus are devised by the legendary Albert Roux whose aim is to offer hearty country cooking using the best local produce, such as organic salmon and seabass.

Sample some fine local produce at the Rothiemurchus Centre including venison, beef, trout, heather honey and locally brewed beer. Take a look around the farm shop or sit down to a warming meal of local produce at the Druie Restaurant Café.

While in Inverness, see the finest Highlands and Scottish ingredients turned into unique and original dishes at Café 1, or sample delicious food in a converted church, with period features and modern finishes, at the Mustard Seed.

Head east to the Classroom in Nairn where Cullen Skink, Highland venison and Kildrummie beef are all on the menu, and look out for succulent cooked meat and lovely cakes in the Olive Tree Café in an idyllic location near Forres.

If you're looking to indulge your sweet tooth, the Clootie Dumpling Restaurant in Grantown on Spey serves the traditional Scottish pudding in 21 different ways. Sit outside or keep warm by the wood burning stove in the restaurant.

Have you heard about Taste Our Best, a new award which recognises establishments which put quality and Scottish ingredients at the forefront of everything they do? Search through accredited Taste Our Best restaurants and cafés in the Highlands.

Browse the listings to discover the best food and drink in the Highlands.

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  1. Applecross Smokehouse

    Type

    Smokeries & Smokehouses

    Gradings

    Applecross

    Welcome to Applecross Smokehouse - producers of gourmet smoked fish, shellfish and cheeses.

  2. Gradings

    Broadford

    Welcome to The Waterfront Fish & Chip Shop and Takeaway

  3. Smiddy House

    Type

    Restaurants

    Gradings

    Spean Bridge

    Welcome to the Smiddy House food extravaganza, where you will find on offer something to suit all tastes, young and old.

  4. The Whisky Castle And Highland Market

    Type

    Producers & Specialist Shops

    Gradings

    Tomintoul

    This world famous whisky store is set on the southern edge of the Cairngorm National Park in the heart of the Malt Whisky Trail.

  5. The Folly Restaurant

    Type

    Restaurants

    Gradings

    • Eat Scotland Award
    Eat Scotland Award

    Uig

    The Folly Restaurant strives to provide a good choice of meals prepared to a very high standard using fresh local produce where possible. All meals are prepared to order by our chef Wendy Pearce.

  6. Gradings

    • Taste Our Best
    Taste Our Best

    Ardvasar

    Regarded as one of the top restaurants on the Isle of skye we aim to create a divine gastronomic experience for all foodies. The restaurant is perfect for light lunches, romantic dinners and celebrations of all kinds.

  7. Lovat Arms Hotel

    Type

    Restaurants

    Gradings

    Beauly

    Our cuisine is based around good traditional use of local produce - much of the Beef, Lamb and Venison used has originated on our own farm.

  8. Inver Inn

    Type

    Bar and Pub Food

    Gradings

    Tain

    Traditional village pub. With a warm Highland welcome.

  9. Ben Nevis Hotel

    Type

    Restaurants

    Gradings

    Fort William & Lochaber

    Welcome to The Ben Nevis Hotel restaurant

  10. Old Station Restaurant

    Type

    Restaurants

    Gradings

    Spean Bridge

    'Dine on the Line' at the Old Station Restaurant & Bar. Serving fantastic food at reasonable prices. Our public Bar serves local real ale and a good selection of whisky.

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